Should you be eating a gluten free diet?
Because despite what you may have heard from someone else, or the media, it’s not right for everyone.
First things first though, I want to say that there are people out there who absolutely should be on a gluten-free diet. These are people that have been tested and diagnosed as having Celiac disease. It’s reported that an estimated 1% Americans have Celiac. 1
It’s also been reported that Americans spent upwards of 4.2 billion dollars 2 on gluten free foods yearly (It’s expected to jump to $15 billion yearly by 2016) That’s quite a booming business for such a small percentage of the population wouldn’t you say? Unfortunately this probably has a lot to do with some a crap load of people who are caught up in the hype of the newest thing to be talked about.
Should you be on a gluten free diet?
- Are you Celiac?
There are symptom checklists online, but really it’s one of those things you need to be tested for. The interwebs can only go so far on self-diagnosis folks. 😉
- Are you Gluten intolerant?
As far as I could find, there is actually no formal test for sensitivity to gluten. Some labs offer the same tests for Celiac, but they aren’t proven to be a fool-proof way as to tell whether you are, or aren’t. So this turns into you eliminating it from your diet and deciding on your own if you believe you intolerant.
Again, a seemingly small estimated percentage (around 6%) of the population is thought to have a sensitivity to gluten. Some people argue that since there is no definitive tests, it’s arguable that some patients in tests 3 aren’t experiencing anything more than a placebo effect.
Now, don’t go getting your panties in a wad if you think I’m accusing or pointing the finger at anyone saying that you may be imagining your intolerance. I’m all for sustaining ones self on a choice of eating in whatever way makes YOU feel your personal best.
- You shouldn’t be throwing away gluten just because someone told you that you should. It’s your body. It may work for some people, seemingly there’s actually a lot of science saying it’s not necessarily the best choice for most people. Do what’s right for you.
- Gluten Free does not mean a product is healthy.
In fact, a lot of products that are marketed gluten free can be filled with junk, and devoid of a lot nutrients. Same as ordering from gluten free menu items at restrauants. You may think you’re ordering something gluten free as a healthier option when in fact a lot of the time it’s packed with more sodium, fat, and calories than it’s gluten containing counterpart.
- The above being said, do not use this a “hey let me loose some weight diet!”.
If the thought of going gluten free is appealing to you because you’re trying to loose a few (or a lot) of pounds, skip out on trying to go gluten free and try changing up the amount and quality of food you’re eating. Oh and exercising. Duh.
Last year I tested my own tolerance because I believed I may have been suffering some symptoms commonly associated with it. I removed gluten from my own diet for about a month and a half and found no difference in how I felt. After I decided gluten was not my issue – all I can say is that: dizman good old wheat bread tasted good. 😉
Really, stop to think – is it a fad thing for you? Or are you truly one of those small percentages of people whom should be adhering to this diet.
Are you on a gluten free diet?
Do you know someone with an intolerance?